Cristosal was born in 2000 as a collaboration between The Very Reverend Richard Bower, then recently retired Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Syracuse, and The Right Reverend Martin Barahona, consecrated that year as the first Salvadoran bishop of the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador. The organization began as an avenue for individuals and churches from North America to accompany the Church of El Salvador through the sharing of relationships and resources. Through the Church’s focus on justice and rights in post-civil war El Salvador, Cristosal opened a human rights office, and also facilitated communication as the Church developed a voice on national issues.
In 2010 Noah Bullock took over from Richard Bower and became the first in-country Executive Director of Foundation Cristosal. Since that time, Cristosal has grown from two to over twenty-two employees in El Salvador, gained nonprofit status independent of the Church, pioneered models for cross-cultural learning, and become a leader in human rights-based development and a resource for policy-makers world-wide.